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Bought a 2018 model yesterday. Have been away from road riding for 15 years. Seriously, out of the loop on gear, accessories, etc. Just saw a Scorpion modular helmet for the first time and was BLOWN AWAY, so you know where I'm coming from. ;-)

Plan to ride paved country and mountain roads (90%) and gravel/fire roads (10%). Have about 6 weeks of winter left here in central Virginia. Will get the bike ready during that time. Would appreciate recommendations on accessories, including the following that I now plan to get for the bike...

Pannier Bags (locking)
Engine Guards
Skid Plate
Metal Hand Guards
Mount for iPhone (navigation aid)

All advice welcome. Also interested in which upgrades are easy DIY versus PIA (dealer install better).

Thanks!
 

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I have a 650 but most of this applies to both. I put the Suzuki panniers on my bike because they’re I’m not planning on any long distance adventuring and they are about the right size for some groceries etc without being huge. They lock with the ignition key and are super easy to take on an off without a bulky rack system.

Barkbuster makes good handguards with an aluminum spine

Ram mounts are great for mounting a phone or GPS to your handlebars.

there are lots of options out there. Happy shopping!
 

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Rick's mirrir extenders are a great addition and can be ordered with Ram balls on them. His peg lowering and Fog light kits are great too. Check out his site
 

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It’ll still be fairly cool (mornings and evenings) through April or so. Check out heated gear. Ex. Warm & Safe. Where we don’t get a whole lot of frozen precipitation (I live in Virginia too), That stuff effectively extends your riding season.
 

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Main prep, just ride lots. Avoid dirt until you have the crash bars bash plate on but miles in the saddle when you aren't pushing and aren't dodging commuter traffic will get the skills up in low risk situations.
 

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Bought a 2018 model yesterday. Have been away from road riding for 15 years. Seriously, out of the loop on gear, accessories, etc. Just saw a Scorpion modular helmet for the first time and was BLOWN AWAY, so you know where I'm coming from. ;-)

Plan to ride paved country and mountain roads (90%) and gravel/fire roads (10%). Have about 6 weeks of winter left here in central Virginia. Will get the bike ready during that time. Would appreciate recommendations on accessories, including the following that I now plan to get for the bike...

Pannier Bags (locking)
Engine Guards
Skid Plate
Metal Hand Guards
Mount for iPhone (navigation aid)

All advice welcome. Also interested in which upgrades are easy DIY versus PIA (dealer install better).

Thanks!
Welcome to the forum! and congrats on the new bike. I am guessing the helmet you are talking about is the Scorpion AT950. I have that one and love it! fantastic helmet.

Pannier Bags - You have two styles, the plastic molded or the rectangular aluminum "boxes". If you plan to ride 2up, go with the plastic style, I would recommend the Shad SH36. The aluminum boxes are much better as they allow for bags to be mounted on top if you need additional space. Because of the shape of them you get more usable space and less of it winds up being wasted. I would recommend the Givi Outback Trekker, they come in two different sizes. They are not cheap! Some options from companies like Rocky Mountain ATV are the Tusk brand, they are more economical.

Engine Guards - I have the Givi and they do the job, do yourself a favor though and whatever you buy spray with spray foam insulation on the inside before you install them. This will eliminate the vibration at certain RPM's the engine guards are known to cause on the V-Strom.

Skid Plate - I'm not sure you need one for the type of riding you describe, but if you'd like one just make sure its compatible with whatever skid plate you buy. Since you have some time before riding season you could order from Alan at Ravetech. He's based out of the Philippines and has great pricing on his skid plates. Check with him first to make sure what you order will work with your engine guards though.

Metal Hand Guards - Not sure why you would want these for road riding but any of the offroad style ones will work. The size you need will depend on if you got the XT model or not. The ones on the bike though are fine for the type of riding you describe.

Phone Mount - Rick at Adventuretech designs and makes all kinds of accessories for our bike. He has a Phone/GPS mount that uses the RAM balls that goes above the dash keeping it at eye site level. I find this to be the best and safest location to mount the phone. Rick also makes a RAM mount that is built onto his mirror extenders. I'm not a big fan of this mounting location but a lot of people are. The mirror extenders, kick stand plate, peg lowering kit are must have items for me from Rick.

These are all easy DIY upgrades, the V-Strom is very easy to work on. The farkles never end for this bike, they are never ending haha. Others that you have not mentioned that I really enjoy on bike would be the Oxford Heated grips, Touratech rear shock, Stiffer fork springs (stops the nose diving so much) and Seat Concepts seat. You may or may not need a new windscreen.

I wouldn't go to crazy on upgrades before you get a chance to put some miles on the bike though. See how it fits you and what you think needs improving after you've put some miles on. Enjoy the new ride, you live in an amazing area for motorcycle roads! I've attended the Romney camp and ride event several times and spent some time exploring the area.
 

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I just bought the 2018 1000 XT. It came with the plastic Suzuki panniers and a center stand. I just added a shad SH48 top box. Cortech super 2.0 18L tank bag. I just got my oxford heated grips a couple days ago. A cheap throttle lock but I would like to try the kaoko throttle lock. I will be adding my auxiliary fuse box, eastern beaver PC 8. That will be it until I put some miles on. I have never ridden it yet. I plan on the same 90/10 riding you plan on.
 

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Welcome to the forum! and congrats on the new bike. I am guessing the helmet you are talking about is the Scorpion AT950. I have that one and love it! fantastic helmet.

Pannier Bags - You have two styles, the plastic molded or the rectangular aluminum "boxes". If you plan to ride 2up, go with the plastic style, I would recommend the Shad SH36. The aluminum boxes are much better as they allow for bags to be mounted on top if you need additional space. Because of the shape of them you get more usable space and less of it winds up being wasted. I would recommend the Givi Outback Trekker, they come in two different sizes. They are not cheap! Some options from companies like Rocky Mountain ATV are the Tusk brand, they are more economical.

Engine Guards - I have the Givi and they do the job, do yourself a favor though and whatever you buy spray with spray foam insulation on the inside before you install them. This will eliminate the vibration at certain RPM's the engine guards are known to cause on the V-Strom.

Skid Plate - I'm not sure you need one for the type of riding you describe, but if you'd like one just make sure its compatible with whatever skid plate you buy. Since you have some time before riding season you could order from Alan at Ravetech. He's based out of the Philippines and has great pricing on his skid plates. Check with him first to make sure what you order will work with your engine guards though.

Metal Hand Guards - Not sure why you would want these for road riding but any of the offroad style ones will work. The size you need will depend on if you got the XT model or not. The ones on the bike though are fine for the type of riding you describe.

Phone Mount - Rick at Adventuretech designs and makes all kinds of accessories for our bike. He has a Phone/GPS mount that uses the RAM balls that goes above the dash keeping it at eye site level. I find this to be the best and safest location to mount the phone. Rick also makes a RAM mount that is built onto his mirror extenders. I'm not a big fan of this mounting location but a lot of people are. The mirror extenders, kick stand plate, peg lowering kit are must have items for me from Rick.

These are all easy DIY upgrades, the V-Strom is very easy to work on. The farkles never end for this bike, they are never ending haha. Others that you have not mentioned that I really enjoy on bike would be the Oxford Heated grips, Touratech rear shock, Stiffer fork springs (stops the nose diving so much) and Seat Concepts seat. You may or may not need a new windscreen.

I wouldn't go to crazy on upgrades before you get a chance to put some miles on the bike though. See how it fits you and what you think needs improving after you've put some miles on. Enjoy the new ride, you live in an amazing area for motorcycle roads! I've attended the Romney camp and ride event several times and spent some time exploring the area.
Great Info, thanks! Question... Does installation of the V-Strom Foot Peg Lowering Kit result in less cornering clearance? Does it require installation of extended shift or brake levers?
 

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With proper cornering techniques I have never touched a peg and do ride aggressive at times. No extensions needed for the shifter and the ones for the brake are provided.
reat Info, thanks! Question... Does installation of the V-Strom Foot Peg Lowering Kit result in less cornering clearance? Does it require installation of extended shift or brake levers?
 

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BRPrdr,

That is a lot of stuff to talk about suggestions for.

I would say the essential upgrades for most people on a Vee2 oe Vee3 are mirror extenders, foot peg and control lowering kit, and then probably an above dash shelf or above dash gps mount.

From there is starts to get personal. Like changes for being tall or short. Best done in a conversation, but we have advice and stuff on our website.

I iike the Shad #p luggage for many reasons, but one f the most important is how good the bike looks when the bags are not installed. Their mounting system does leave the bike with a big ugly rack to show something is missing. Cost effective also.

I would select my skid pan (really all that you need is an oil filter protection) based appearance and cost. You just don't need a heavy duty expensive skidpan for the stated mission unless you want the look.
 

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Great Info, thanks! Question... Does installation of the V-Strom Foot Peg Lowering Kit result in less cornering clearance? Does it require installation of extended shift or brake levers?
It does lower the pegs down so in theory yes it results in less cornering clearance. I don't know to many riders who are scraping pegs on a V-Strom though as it's a pretty tall bike to begin with. The kit comes with everything you need from Adventuretech (richlandrick) posting above. It lowers the levers with the pegs so everything stays exactly the same as stock, just lower.
 

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I'll second the peg lowering and mirror extenders.. On my 650. As for phone mounts, Ram has more than one choice. I Really did not like the X mount. I have the Ram HOL PD3U mount now and it is excellent.... No comparison.
I have the Suzuki cases and they are ok, but for a long trip I might go with larger soft bags. Very happy with the Eastern Beaver mini fuse panel for accessories. Take your time choosing parts to fit your bike. Enjoy.
 

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Great advice everyone, thanks. I've purchased Shad SH35 side cases and Givi crash bars. Will decide on other upgrades after putting more miles on the bike.
 
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